HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The statement was given by Randeep Guleria during a book launch event
  • The event also witnessed NITI Aayog member VK Paul
  • Paul has stated that the situation was currently being considered and requirement of booster doses shall be revealed after studies

On Tuesday, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director, Randeep Guleria confirmed that Indian citizens do not need booster doses of Covid-19 at present. Guleria in his statement has hailed the fact that Indian reached the global from the local in terms of the coronavirus vaccine manufacturing. While addressing a book launch event he said, “There is no surge of Covid-19 cases as of now, so there is no need for a booster dose in India for now.”

Guleria has further stated, “When H1N1 had hit India, vaccines were imported from foreign countries. From importing vaccines to manufacturing our own indigenous vaccine, we have come a long way. Today, our Covid-19 vaccines are being exported to other countries.”

VK Paul, who is a member of the NITI Aayog, was also present at the event. He has said that the requirement for a Covid-19 booster dose was being considered based on necessities. While commenting on the booster doses he said, “One should understand, for many countries, booster doses are provided when the country vaccinates citizens with both doses to the fullest. First, let us focus on finishing the task of vaccinating people with both doses. I believe that booster doses should be administered when the studies based on science say so.”

Speaking on the pandemic situation, Paul highlighted that the pandemic was not over yet. He believed that in the future the pandemic could either be an endemic or a pandemic within a pandemic. However, he assured that the country was in a better situation right now.

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